By Henry Nicewick, Staff Writer
Chipotle’s signature burritos may soon be out of reach for Payton students at lunchtime. (Image created with DALL·E by Bridget Galibois)
It has just been announced that the Chipotle restaurant located on State street near Walter Payton College Prep will be closing its doors permanently. The reason for this closure is due to the overwhelming number of students leaving campus during lunchtime to eat lunch at the popular fast-food restaurant, and the large number of students leaving campus has caused some tension with local businesses, particularly those in the food industry. Many students leave garbage on the tables and bags obstructing walking lanes have tanked reviews, causing Chipotle upper management to step in to address the “inundation.” Chipotle management has proclaimed this location is unlike their brand and therefore will close until further notice.
“This is the saddest day of my life, and to be completely honest I don’t know if I can continue on living like this, I’m not able to get quality food at a good price anymore. I may have to leave school and relocate myself in order to find an opportunity where I can enjoy myself mentally and physically,” said sophomore Ryan Fardy. This level of sadness isn’t an outlier, in fact in a survey that was done of a sample of the student body it was found Fardy was the least upset.
“Closed, White rice. Black beans. Chicken. Salsa. Corn. Cheese. All, no more,” attested junior Andrew Sassower.
For many, this was a go-to spot for a quick and tasty meal between classes or after a long day of studying. Others had built a sense of community around this particular location, with regular visits and friendly interactions with the staff. The closure of the restaurant represents not just the loss of a convenient eating spot near Payton, but also the end of a familiar and comforting routine. Many students are now left wondering where they will go to satisfy their burrito cravings. The closure of the Chipotle near us may seem like a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but for these students, it is a meaningful loss that is deeply felt.
The restaurant was a popular spot for quick and delicious meals, and its closure will undoubtedly be felt by many in the school community.
This article is satire.